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Gigabit Broadband

With speeds of up to 1Gbps, gigabit broadband is the fastest available on the market.

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Gigabit Broadband

Hyperoptic Broadband

Fast 1Gbps Broadband + Phone

24 month contract Fibre + Phone

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£37.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Gigaclear Broadband

Hyperfast 900 with Smart WiFi

18 month contract Fibre

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£49.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Community Fibre Broadband

Gigafast

24 month contract

Was £49, now £39

920Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£49.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

EE Broadband

Fibre Max 900

24 month contract Fibre + Phone

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£64.00 / month

£25 upfront fees

Vodafone Broadband

Pro Gigafast 900

24 month contract Fibre + Phone

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£900.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

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What is gigabit broadband?

Often referred to as hyperfast or ultrafast broadband, gigabit broadband, much like it sounds, is fibre broadband that achieves speeds of one gigabyte per second. For those that don’t know, that’s 1,000 Mbps. To put things into perspective, a study by the market regulator Ofcom conducted in 2019 found that the average broadband speed in a UK household was 54Mbps, making it significantly faster than the average connection. Having speeds like this has some serious implications. The average size of a HD movie is around 3-4 GB, and with a 1Gbps connection you could download that in around 30 seconds. 

How does gigabit broadband work?

These speeds, as with most high speed internet, is made possible using fibre optic broadband cables. Most fibre connections are achieved through fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, meaning that a fibre line is connected to the outdoor street cabinet, but the last leg of the journey into your home is made via a normal phone line. 

Gigabit internet is achieved by using fibre to the home or fibre to the premises (FTTH/FTTP) technology, which means that the entire route is navigated entirely by a fibre cable, greatly increasing its capacity. This can mean there will be additional installation costs as new wires need to be routed directly into your home. 

Why should I get gigabit broadband?

The reasons for having a 1Gb connection are fairly obvious, but at the same time it can be difficult to justify having that of internet speed for some light browsing and streaming. There are, however, some very sensible reasons to get gigabit capable broadband which we have been kind enough to list for you:
 
  1. Peak Times: One advantage beyond having faster internet in general is that it stays quick during peak times. With conventional copper broadband connections, evenings can be much slower as everyone scrambles for bandwidth. Gigabit broadband, while still affected by this, will still top out at more than sufficient speeds, meaning you can browse and surf to your heart's content without worrying about sluggish speeds when you need your internet most. 
  2. Business Use: This kind of speed can also be suitable for businesses if you have a number of employees working at one site. And with most businesses being heavily reliant on the internet, getting a gigabyte connection makes perfect sense.
  3. Reasonable Rates: While it might be easy to believe that gigabit internet is going to break the bank, considering the speed of connection available to you it can be relatively cost effective. As it starts to break into the market, there are also a range of companies doing good introductory offers for those who fancy a bit of speed in their life.
  4. No Need to Upgrade: While getting more than you need to save you the trouble of having to switch broadband in the future is not always the best idea, if you can get a good deal then it can be advisable to. If you can find yourself a good offer that means you are locked into a price for a certain amount of time, you will be satisfied as the desire for faster and faster internet increases.

Can I get gigabit broadband where I live?

Unfortunately, one of the biggest drawbacks of gigabit internet is that it is not as readily available as other, slower broadband speeds. In most cases, you will need to live in a high density area to be able to get gigabit broadband. However, there are some instances where smaller, rural communities have banded together to encourage a provider to connect their area to gigabit broadband where larger providers do not want to venture, so there is hope for us all.
If you live in a rural area with painfully slow internet connection speeds, you could be eligible for the government's gigabit broadband voucher scheme. A gigabit voucher worth up to £1,500 (to cover the cost of installing a gigabit capable connection to your home) could be yours if you meet the criteria. To see if you're eligible, head over to the government's dedicated website.
 
So there you have it, a brief introduction to the world of gigabit internet, something that only 10 years ago would have seemed completely out of this world. And while it’s not as readily available as some would like, it’s certainly breaking onto the scene and slowly becoming more available to the general public. If you would like to see if you can get any gigabit broadband in your area, or just fancy checking out what offers are available where you live, put your postcode in at the top of this page to compare broadband deals.

Last reviewed: 07 September 2021

Next review: 07 October 2021